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Delhi, which was testing around 20,000 samples a day, saw its daily tally drop to around 14,000 tests on 31 August. The positivity rate increased to 9.4% from 8.5% last week.
In an interview, ILBS director Dr S.K. Sarin says the surge in Delhi should be seen as a serious wake-up call, adding that rise to 2,000 daily cases will be worrisome.
Doubling testing capacity could be easy given that Delhi has been largely conducting antigen tests, but labs say a crunch in resources will make this possible only to an extent.
Health Minister Satyender Jain wrote to MHA Secretary Ajay Bhalla, alleging officials are being threatened and intimidated to not double Covid tests.
Delhi recorded 1,693 cases Wednesday, the city's highest single-day spike this month so far, taking the tally to over 1.65 lakh. Containment zones in the capital also rose to 716.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that there has been a marginal increase in cases since 17 August and currently 10,448 beds for Covid patients are vacant.
Kejriwal said his govt was integrating Delhi hospitals, Mohalla clinics and polyclinics through the hospital management information system, which will be completed within a year.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal for resumption of Metro services in a phased manner, says he has raised the issue with Centre and hopes a decision on it soon.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had urged people to donate oximeters to the AAP so that they could be distributed by its volunteers in villages across the country.
Delivering his Independence Day speech at Delhi Secretariat, Delhi CM said the Covid situation in the national capital is under control as compared to what it was two months back.